While perusing latest edition of Community Impact Newsletter for Northwest Austin the other day, I stumbled upon an interesting “domain in the wild” sighting for an Austin-based Chinese delivery and catering.
It’s that time of year where the green on trees limit the nutrients in anticipation of Jack Frost and Winter.
Although I dare say winter, Texas rarely experiences prolong periods of Winter, unlike residents of the North and Northeast regions.
Nevertheless, I’ll take our 6-8 weeks of 40 to 50 degree differential weather of 50 to 70 degree days.
Each month I’m amazed to discover a small, but growing number of Austin-based companies branding domains using new top-level extensions — the good, bad, and ugly.
Rummaging through the last 6 editions of the Community Impact Newsletter (CIN )for Northwest Austin, I’ve discovered breweries, pet shops, fitness brands, summer camps, and entertainment venues among the early adopters.
It’s not everyday that I stumble upon a .co domain in the wild, especially a one-word .co domain in use by a thriving startup.
Once the darling and preferred domain extension for startups, .co — the country code top-level domain of Colombia — has seen its day come and ago nearly a decade after restrictions were lifted, allowing anyone in the world to stake their claim to a .co domain name.
A few years into the Great Recession, a growing number of cash-strapped startups choose .co domains due to an expensive and crowded .com namespace, and the relative ease of finding a simple, catchy one-word .co domain without breaking the bank.
While driving to a wedding and admiring the beautiful and scenic views of the Texas Hill Country not far from the hustle and bustle of Interstate 35, an unusual billboard promoting a .live domain caught my eye.
I often encounter dozens of billboards traveling, whether for personal or business, throughout central Texas.
However, the billboard I encountered this day caught my eye because of how low it was to the ground, right at eye level, made of wood and not the normal big-box steel used by the bigger outdoor advertising firms.
Reading the title, one is likely to assume that I’ve not used spellcheck or Grammarly. While it’s likely and highly possible, that’s not the case this day.
In fact, I had never heard of Be More Pacific until I was invited to lunch by another friend and brother, Youtuber Chris Massie.
Since I first experienced Austin almost 20 years ago via Texas Relays Weekend, Austin has transformed from a sleepy-hollow, college boomtown all about music and University of Texas Sports to a sprawling metropolis of weird, music, sports and tech.
While there are many things that could be represent Austin, one of the things I truly love about Austin is its plethora of local businesses throughout the city.
From food trucks to holes in the wall eateries, one doesn’t have to go far in Austin to get a true taste of Austin.
I’m coming in hot off a business trip to San Diego today, having arrived in San Diego a little after noon Sunday.
While it was a much needed break from the brutal Texas heat, I didn’t get to do much sightseeing as I would have liked.
It was airport to hotel, hotel to customer site for all day meetings and back to hotel, and from hotel to airport.
Out of all places on earth to have found a company using a .pizza domain name as a primary digital presence, imagine how surprised I was to have had this encounter happen in my hometown.
In the mid to late 90’s as the world was coming online, Sherman, Texas had just crossed over 30,000 population mark.
Back then, the Chamber of Commerce, Yellow Pages and Sherman Democrat, now the Herald Democrat, were a business’ advertising staple to reach more customers and generate greater revenue.
There were not many businesses, if any back then, touting a web address of any sort.
I’m certain most businesses owners had no clue of what a web address was nor did they ever imagine the Internet would be what it it today, some 20 years later.
20 years later and having adding another 10,000 folks in population, I often don’t think of Sherman as a city of progressive technological advancement, especially for businesses using new top-level domains.